YCSDigest - March 22, 2021

Posted On: 3/22/2021


2020-21 School Year Reminders

As the division prepares for the Expanded Hybrid Model to begin on March 29, we ask our staff and families to help support these efforts by continuing to conduct Daily Health Screenings before coming to work, school, or practice. Additionally, as families are still encouraged to drive and carpool to school to help support distancing on buses, please be prepared for higher traffic volume near schools during arrival and dismissal times.

Early release dates originally approved in the school calendar will be in place for the remainder of the school year (April 2, May 7, June 16 & 17). Please also note that during four-day school weeks (May 31 and June 14), the division will not schedule Student Support and Independent Learning Days.

While graduation is tentatively scheduled for June 18, the state has just released guidance regarding outdoor ceremonies. As a committee of administrators, teachers, parents and students reviews these guidelines and analyzes options, that date may be subject to change. We anticipate providing information that is more specific shortly after Spring Break.

Food Services Update

The USDA has approved free meal distribution to continue not only through the school year, but through summer months as well. However, there will be no meal distribution during Spring Break. To support families while schools and offices are closed, the meal distribution on Wednesday, March 31 will include meals for 14 days (April 1-April 14).

Meal distribution will resume on Wednesday, April 14, with some slight changes. Students attending school virtually will still receive meal bags containing breakfast, lunch and milk for all 7 days of the week, while students enrolled in the Flexible Framework will receive meal bags containing breakfast, lunch and milk for the days they are not in school (Sat., Sun., Weds.).

Additional details will be provided to participating families during meal distribution on Wednesday, March 31. If you have questions, please email or call 898-0468.

2021-22 School Calendar Approved

After reviewing parent, student and staff feedback regarding two calendar options, the school board approved the 2021-22 calendar to begin next school year prior to Labor Day. Students will return to class Monday, August 30, 2021. Under the new state law, the Friday before Labor Day must be a student holiday, creating a 4-day weekend. Next year’s calendar is available on the division website.

The division is currently planning for instruction to follow the traditional five-day in-person schedule in 2021-22, pending any state and federal guidance.

Instructional Program Announcements

With planning for the 2021-22 school year well underway, students and parents are encouraged to learn more about various programs offered to our secondary students.

York River Academy

York River Academy, the division’s public high school charter school, is hosting informational parent sessions on March 24 and March 31. You can use the links below to join a live session or view the school’s video to learn more. YRA is open to students in grades 9-12.

March 24 session at 7pm: Click here to join the meeting

March 31 session at 4pm: Click here to join the meeting

YRA School Video

New Horizons Regional Education Centers

NHREC has provided career and technical education services to junior and senior high school students for more than 40 years. YCSD students can select from 24 courses at the Woodside or Butler Farm campus. To learn more, watch this informational video or visit Questions can be emailed to

Early College Program

The Early College Program is a partnership between YCSD and Thomas Nelson Community College. This program provides high school seniors with the opportunity to begin degree coursework by earning up to 20 transferrable college credits prior to high school graduation. To learn more, contact your child’s high school counselor or visit the division website.

YCSD Job Jamboree

Don't miss the most important hiring event of the year – The YCSD Job Jamboree on March 27! Division and school staff will be interviewing and selecting candidates for licensed and non-licensed positions including teachers, para-educators, substitutes, bus drivers, and custodians.

Pre-apply and RVSP for your interview slot online today.